Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

2014 Spanish Grand Prix championship points

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28 comments on “2014 Spanish Grand Prix championship points”

  1. Finally the form man of the year to date takes the championship lead. This battle isn’t over and because of Abu Double, it isn’t going to be for quite some time. A single slip up could cost either of Rosberg or Hamilton dear.

    1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
      12th May 2014, 5:20

      Reliability more than anything is key in their race for the title.

  2. I repeat: this is good ol’ f1 domination, not like those last red bull years… this is williams 92, mclaren 88 and 89, ferrari 2002 and 2004, and so on…

    1. @magon4

      not like those last red bull years

      Red Bull out-qualified the field by 1 second in USA, and Vettel finished 34 seconds ahead of the nearest non-Red Bull in Abu Dhabi. The difference between the WO5 and late-season RB9 isn’t that big.

      1. I think what he meant was that the domination is more-or-less even between the drivers, at least that’s how I read it. Unfortunately a combination of factors prevented Mark from competing with Sebastian in the last few seasons – being past his prime, and a car that didn’t suit him – so Sebastian was often completely unchallenged.

        FWIW I believe that if Webber and Vettel had been the same age – i.e. Vettel vs Webber 10 years younger – then they would have been fighting tooth and nail, as Webber showed great speed at around that age in cars that really weren’t great. But I guess I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t biased by my nationality, but I do believe this nonetheless. Anyway it’s probably another discussion for another day.

        1. Last year, Vettel dominated. This year we see a Mercedes domination.

      2. that was one race. come on! this is five races out of five!

      3. It’s funny that you mention the late season RB9 when Red Bull was still focused heavily on developing it, while the rest of the field just moved on and kept more focus on this years car.

    2. @magon4
      McLaren 88/89 was a pleasure to watch even for non McLaren fans because of the immense rivalry between Ayrton Senna & Aain Prost. Statistically the W05 is even more dominant than the RB9, the closest non Mercedes driver today was 50s behind

      1. agreed!

      2. “McLaren 88/89 was a pleasure to watch even for non McLaren fans because of the immense rivalry between Ayrton Senna & Alain Prost”

        Riiiiiiiiight, they were just that good.

        1. yes they were. duh.

      3. And that is exactly what we have this year. Two top drivers going at it in the fastest car. RedBull years were a one man show.

  3. Well Mercedes have won the championship, but honestly at this point I don’t care if we have races that are that good.

  4. Mercedes already have more than double the points of second placed Red Bull. The constructors championship is sealed already.

  5. The non Mercedes championship is interesting with RBR/Ferrari for WCC and with Alonso/Vettel/Dan for the WDC

    1. I’m hoping to see Williams come up and challenge for “best of the rest”. I don’t seriously think it will happen, but I can certainly hope for it. Sir Frank deserves it.

  6. Strange seing Vettel ahead of ricciardo in the points . But yeah , great stuff from Vettel today .

    1. That’s because of Riccardo’s Melbourne DQ – if it wasn’t for that, he’d be 12 points in front. Of course, Vettel was forced to retire from that race, but then so was Riccardo in Malaysia so they’d be ‘even’ in terms of race finishes if it hadn’t been for the DQ.

      1. Vettel started 15th today, dso it’s a bit closer to even, perhaps?

  7. It’s amazing just how far Mercedes are ahead in terms of points. Both drivers have double the points of the next closest man, Alonso (well, almost – Nico is one point under double – near as makes no difference).

    1. More stats: They also have almost 40% of the total number of points – and almost 2/3 of the points of all other teams combined.

    2. Merc = 197 / 215 [i.e. Total possible for 1-2 43 * 5]
      Lewis = 100 / 125 [Lost 25 points in 1 race]
      Nico = 97 / 125 [Lost 7 points * 4races ]

    3. They’re gonna break many of the records Red-Bull might have set in each of the past 4 seasons.

    4. This is why Mercedes can afford to allow such exhilarating racing between their drivers. Not only can they comfortably seal the WDC without worrying about dividing the points too evenly and handing the title to someone else’s number one driver, but they could even get away with a worst-case double DNF in the pattern of Turkey 2010 and still only have to cool things down a bit after the incident. Right now their best strategy from a sponsorship point of view, as well as learning about the limits of the car, is the fierce battles they’re allowing right now.

  8. Got to give some credit to Red Bull here. True, they are way off Mercedes. But at the same time, they are some way ahead of every other team — with a Renault power unit that everyone agrees is still significantly inferior to the Mercedes.

    When Renault eventually builds a power unit that generates the same horsepower as the Mercedes — and it might happen next year — Red Bull will surely be right back in contention for championships.

    1. If you think about it the only thing that stops Red Bull being a dominant car once again is the fact that Mercedes exist.
      Without Mercedes in the equation then Red Bull will be doing pretty much what it did all the last 4 years.

  9. Paradoxically, this year’s biggest menace to Hamilton’s dash for the championship is Mercedes absolute supremacy. If other teams were a threat, the team would have to choose a number one driver –and Hamilton has already proven to have an edge over Rosberg. But the lack of risks in both the WDC and WTC means both drivers will be allowed to freely race their mate. This is of course excellent in terms of avoiding boring races. But the relatively narrow difference between 1st and 2nd place points and the two-horse race the WDC’s shape has taken can make a late-season failure (however little or undeserved) catastrophic to the driver who suffers it.

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